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Old 12-13-09, 08:10 PM
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Hudson Waterfront - NJ

This morning I rode down the Hudson River Waterfront path through Hoboken & Jersey City.

There are a couple significant new segments that have opened in the past few months: from the Hoboken train/ferry/PATH/light rail station down to Newport in Jersey City; and a stretch on the edge of the Liberty National golf course south of Liberty State Park.

These new segments really enhance the experience. The part by the golf course is a particularly a nice addition: it's more of a wetlands environment - something you don't get on other parts of the Hudson waterfront.

I started at 15th St & Park Ave in Hoboken, and ended at Chapel Ave at Port Liberte, Jersey City. Almost 13 miles (I did have a couple short detours in there.)

http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=93308

I rode for close to an hour without unclipping, and with almost zero traffic interaction. Pretty cool. Really a nice spot for a casual, recovery-pace ride.

There are still a couple stretches where you have to ride on the street. One is Sinatra Drive in Hoboken: easy.
In Jersey City, it is sometimes possible to ride from Marin Blvd to Jersey Ave through the parking lots & construction areas along the Morris Canal,; I've done this a couple times. Today, a gate was closed near Jersey Ave, so I had to double back and take Grand Street.

There are a few other spots where you have to navigate around active construction sites: not a big deal.
In Hoboken, you have to ride through the old train station, which is kinda cool. Just don't go too fast through there!
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Thanks, Brian.

I discovered the NJ Waterfront Walkway this past summer and am looking forward to riding it as it expands. The first two times I rode it, I had to get from the Hoboken PATH station to Newport using the streets. Are you saying you can pick it up closer to Hoboken now?
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^ That is correct. You can ride south directly on the path from the Hoboken station - avoiding that whole section of roads you used to have to take to pick up the path in Newport. Really a huge improvement.
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Awesome! I didn't even realize that was part of the plan. I've just been anticipating the opening of the path around all those new construction sites.

Eventually, they will need to build a better entrance to Liberty State Park, though, as that will likely be the ultimate destination for most cyclists and peds. The little wooden bridge adjacent to what appears to be a potential crack hotel is not cutting it.
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